Attitudes towards rail transportation among Swedish companies
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Rail freight, and consequently multimodal (where two or more transport modes are combined) road-and-rail transportation, constituted 15% of the total tonne-kilometres in the EU during 2009, to be compared to road transportation at 74%. In Sweden the numbers are slightly more in favour of rail transportation, but still a small share despite the fact that the European Committee promotes sustainable modes of transport. To reduce the environmental impact from the transport sector, and be able to promote the use of sustainable transport modes, it is important to gain an understanding of why the modal balance is disposed this way. A survey was used to contact 665 companies in central Sweden regarding their attitude towards transportation involving rail. The unfamiliarity regarding the attributes of rail transportation was surprisingly vast among respondents, while the required transhipment between modes was considered the most negative characteristic, since many companies believed that this creates extra costs and increased door-to-door time. The lesser environmental impact was the best known characteristic and also what respondents claimed would be the reason for them to consider this mode of transport. The distilled results of the study informs academy, policy makers and practitioners about the lack of knowledge regarding rail transportation and the specific aspects that the industry must put effort into improving if rail transportation are to be considered a advantageous option.
Multimodal transportation, modal choice, rail transportation, survey
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102167DiVA: diva2:668758